MEN'S SOCCER DROPS SEASON-OPENER 4-3 TO NORTH CAROLINA STATE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
DURHAM, N.C. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team lost its season-opener in heartbreaking fashion on Friday afternoon, falling 4-3 to North Carolina State in double overtime at the Duke Nike Classic.
Chris Bettencourt scored the game-tying goal in the 86th minute but the Hornets lost to NC State.
The game was back-and-forth the entire time, with both teams holding leads in the second half. But the Hornets' game-tying goal in the 86th minute would be for naught, as NC State scored just seconds into the second overtime period to give Sacramento State a loss in its first of two games at the Duke Nike Classic. The Hornets will play No. 11 ranked Duke on Sunday.
In the first half the Wolfpack struck first, with Michael Smith netting a goal just more than seven minutes into the game. But the Hornets would not take long to answer. After a Fernando Cabadas shot was deflected away from net by NC State keeper Will Mackvick, Bryan Baker collected the rebound and fired his own shot into the back of the net.
It was a physical first half as five yellow cards were issued, six total in the game. NC State was whistled for a whopping 28 fouls in the game compared to 17 for the Hornets. Sacramento State sophomore Max Alvarez was also given a red card in overtime.
It was back-and-forth in the second half as well. Less than two minutes after halftime, Ernesto Carranza, the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the year, found Cabadas for a goal and the Hornet lead. But NC State responded in the 56th minute when Akil DeFreitas scored an unassisted goal less than one minute after substituting into the game.
NC State would score again to make it 3-2 in the 79th minute after Tyler Lassiter converted on a penalty kick attempt.
But the Hornets would not fade and rallied once again, this time on a fantastic set up to Chris Bettencourt's game-tying goal. After making a save, Sacramento State keeper Federico Antonelli quickly booted the ball downfield where, after a pass, Chimdum Mez used a header to flick the ball forward to Bettencourt who smashed a rocket shot into the back of the net from 10 yards out.
In the second overtime period, with a man up after Alvarez's red card 97th minute, NC State clinched the thrilling win with a goal in the 102nd minute. Smith, who scored the Wolfpack's first goal of the game, used a nice give and go with teammates before scoring on a ball shot into the top right corner.
Cabadas had a stellar game for the Hornets, putting three of his four shots on goal while tallying one goal and one assist. Antonelli made five saves in his first collegiate start while allowing four goals. NC State's Mackvick also made five saves.